December 7. 2016

Philosophy of Exercise

Yesterday I had an experience at the gym, and I 'd like to share with you my thoughts on that experience and how it has got my mind moving and expanding my own perspective.  

After my workout, I was sitting in the sauna, which is something I've done for quite awhile now. After I sit in the sauna, I'll go into the steam room and shower. This is my routine and has been for a few years. While I was in there I started a conversation with a gentleman sitting next to me. This is also something I've made a habit of, talking to folks I don't know and trying to get outside of my comfort zone and maybe make a new friend or have a kindred spirit to talk with on occasion. It's surprising to me how open others are to this as well, but that's another story. 

I was speaking with this gentleman and just talking about random things for a bit. Then we started discussing metabolisms and how to alter them and how vastly different each individual is. The man just so happened to be a doctor, which I was thrilled to discover, a seeker of knowledge such as myself. I'm always trying to learn something new, and broaden my horizon. I told him my method for exercise, which includes a light warm up, exercise, some cardio, cool down/stretching, then the sauna/steam room.  He recommended I try something new, which I'm always all ears too believe it or not. It was such a minor change too. To go into the steam room prior to exercise to open my air way, expand my lungs and get more oxygen to my body during activity. 

Now upon conducting my own research, I discovered that this is quite a debatable subject, which I found oddly amusing. Here's the thing though. Everyone has their own philosophies and everyone is physiologically different. What works for person A, may not work for person B or C. It's just the way we are built, to be different and respond differently. Guess what though? Like most things that won't harm me, I will embrace the idea and actually try it before dismissing it. I'm a student of giving things a proper go before I decide that they aren't for me. So during my next workout, that's exactly what I'll do. 

There's nothing that I could find that is conclusive for one way or another. 

It's just like exercise in general. Some people can lift weights, day in and day out and maintain a low body fat, never have heart issues or any issues for the most part. Others have to alternate or include extra cardio in order to maintain balance and overall health. Some people hardly every touch a weight and only do body-weighted exercises and happen to be stronger than most. We are all so amazingly different and that to me is awesome. The fact that I can be different and be an individual while trying to accomplish the same thing as someone else. 

A lot of things will however work for a lot of people, but if you broke a person down and really tried to optimize their training, you'd find that almost all people respond different to various forms of stimuli. 

What I'm saying here is that the human body is an amazingly versatile thing. One that I am very excited to have learned about and continue to study. 

Exercise will never be boring for me, because I am always adapting and trying to figure out what works best. How can I make this a bit smarter and not harder. That mindset has worked for me in more ways than I could tell you.

Hopefully this was a bit of food for thought and you're gathering my general message. You don't have to do what everyone else does to be a success. In fact, you could do quite the opposite, depending on what it is obviously, and still excel beyond your own expectations. 

All you have to do is get out there and try. You can't succeed if you don't try. If you do however, I think you'll be proud of yourself and realize you put forth an effort that was buried inside of you. It just needed to be awoken. 

Have a great day folks! Stay warm and get out of the house and work!!


Thank you,


Adam Hartley

Co-Owner/Coach Custom Fitness Consulting

ahartley@customfitnessconsulting.com for customized exercise and nutrition programs 

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